No Bling Allowed

I like this idea!  They should have done this long ago.  Some of these guys are millionaires and kids look up to them. 

‘Dress up’ mandate receives dressing down around league

From wire reports
Published on: 10/19/05
The NBA’s new “business casual” dress code goes into effect Nov. 1, the start of the regular season.

The dress code, coupled with NBA Commissioner David Stern’s announcement Tuesday that the league would start NBA Cares, a vast public-service initiative, highlights the NBA’s latest push to look a little less gangsta and a little more genteel.

Players must adhere to the following requirements at all team or league functions: collared dress shirts or turtlenecks; dress slacks, khaki pants or dress jeans; and dress shoes or boots or—other presentable shoes—with socks; and no sneakers, sandals, flip-flops or work boots.

Players are prohibited from wearing headgear, T-shirts, team jerseys, chains, pendants or medallions. Sunglasses while indoors and headphones, except on the team bus, plane or in the locker room, are also banned.

Players who are on the bench during a game but not in uniform must wear a sports coat.

Both the player and his team will be fined for violating the rules, and repeat offenders could be suspended.

Reactions around the league are mixed, with some players welcoming the chance to spiff up and others none too happy with saying bye-bye to some of their bling.

Notable quotables:

“We decided that the reputation of our players was not as good as our players are, and we could do small things to improve that.” NBA Commissioner David Stern

“We?re all basketball players, so we’re used to wearing sneakers and being comfortable on our feet.” Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls

“It’s a job and we should look like we’re going to work.” LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

“Are you going to ask players who are married if they’re going to tuck in their wedding bands?” Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons

“I like to dress up.” Grant Hill, Orlando Magic

“We sell to kids and people who are into the NBA hip-hop world. They may be marketing to the wrong people with this.” Raja Bell, Phoenix Suns

“During the game, if you’re an injured player, a sport coat and slacks should be a bare minimum.” Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles

“It (stinks), What the hell are dress jeans?” Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings

I just think that?s attacking young, black males. The part about wearing suits, I think we should dress up. But the chains, that’s going a little too far.” Stephen Jackson, Indiana Pacers

“Roll with it.” Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

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